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Postgraduate Research Support Scheme

The Postgraduate Research Support Scheme (PRSS) provides University funding to attend conferences, support your fieldwork or specialist services.

  1. Overview and funding
  2. Eligibility
  3. How to apply

Overview and funding

Postgraduate Research Support Scheme

Postgraduate Research Support Scheme (PRSS) is a scheme introduced by the University in 2001 to provide direct support for currently enrolled postgraduate research students, the scheme distributes $1.5 million in funding.

Under the scheme, eligible students can apply for funding to their relevant school or faculty and are notified of the outcome after a ranking process has been completed. Selection committees will consider the quality of an applicant's research progress relative to opportunity and stage of candidature, demonstrated need for funding, and priorities, if any, placed on the different expenditure categories by the faculty or school.

PRSS Round 2 in 2021 will run from Friday 24 September, and close at 11.59pm on Friday 15 October.

PRSS and travel

PRSS is discretionary funding and is therefore subject to the safeguarding measures developed by the University on 3 March 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that international travel is not likely to be covered by insurance, therefore students should not be travelling until it is declared safe to do so.

In light of COVID-19 restrictions, PRSS funding cannot be used for any travel for the remainder of 2021. PRSS funding can still be used for virtual conference expenses in 2021, as many conferences are set up using virtual attendance.

Funding categories

Due to COVID-19, there are restrictions on conference expenses. You should refer to your faculty or school PRSS guidelines to check whether any conference expenses may be applied for in your discipline.

If you author and present, or author and are accepted to present a paper or poster related to your research, you may be eligible to apply under this category. You are not eligible to apply under this category if you attend a conference without presenting, or if you present a paper or poster you have not authored. If you select conference expenses as a funding category in your application, you will need to provide additional details. This information will be used to assess your eligibility for funding in this category.

We will only consider funding requests for virtual conference expenses in this round. PRSS cannot currently be used to support any domestic travel for research activities, including to conferences within Australia. Requests for funding related to domestic travel will be declined.

You can obtain funding for use of specialist services, a visit to use specialist facilities or learning specialist techniques. Expenses are directly related to your research and beyond what’s provided by your school or department.

You can obtain funding for field expenses related to your research. Funding cannot be used for infrastructure costs normally covered by your school or department.

PRSS cannot currently be used to support any domestic travel for research activities, including travel for domestic field work.

Funding is available for items that are essential to your research, but which are not normally available or are difficult to obtain at the University.

You can obtain funding for equipment that is essential to your research and outside the normal infrastructure provided by your school or department.

You can apply provided you do not hold a scholarship and will submit your thesis in the same calendar year. Printing costs will not be covered, as your thesis is submitted electronically.

Funding available

You are only eligible to receive a maximum of $3500 per year in PRSS funding. Applications may be submitted for funding across one or more of the funding categories described above. You should refer to your faculty or school PRSS guidelines to check their restrictions on the number of categories you may apply for in one application.

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